Emoticon;138305 Wrote:I'm wondering has anyone else out there come up with a solution for storing fuel away from their house? I'm thinking about maybe keeping 30 or so gallons on hand and rotating them out, but I'm not crazy about the idea of having that stored inside my house in the garage. I don't really have much use for a shed as I already have a sizable garage that houses most everything. I was just thinking about maybe building a small doghouse like structure near my property line to store fuel in, but that isn't big enough to fool with permits and all the bullshit that goes with it. Has anyone else thought about doing something like this?
We used to have a bait & tackle shop and boat rental place in Jersey, and had around 20 boats in the water at any given time, and at least 30 (thirty) 5 gallon metal cans for outboard motors that looked like this:
In about 2 wide sheds that looked like this style:
The difference between the sheds, was the 'tall' part of the roof faced out so that you had the height towards you, and the water poured backwards instead of on you if it rained, because we often needed to put the cans away/get them out in the rain and common sense dictates that it's always better to be on the high end of a where slope water runs down. But that's just me, opinions vary on the subject.
Also the sheds were home-built to specifications because they were designed to hold 3 shelves of gas cans with just enough room to reach in. We didn't build them but could have. There was bout a 2" buffer between the roof and the plywood (maybe not so much on the front face) so that the fumes could vent, and the roof was a few inches wider than any normal shed roof on all sides to help protect from rain. There was also a one or two inch gap between the shelves and the walls of the shed to create airflow so the vapors could rise from the sides and back of the shed and out through the gap under the roof-line.
There was always gas in the tanks as long as we had boats in the water, the cans were empty when not.
Even still, that wood was so saturated by the occasional splashes from moving cans in and out it was black, and had it caught fire it no doubt would have burned for days. And obviously, it was not near any other kind of structure whatsoever.
The shed was not airtight by any means, it would have been psychotic to store that much gas that way.
Could never do any of that this day and age.